The BA owned and operated airline, OpenSkies, will FINALLY be joining OneWorld as an affiliate airline under BA on December 1, 2012. Thus meaning, all OneWorld frequent flyers will be able to earn and burn miles on flights from Paris Orly to New York’s Newark airport.
The airline has had an interesting history since 2007 when it was known as L’Avolin and launched it’s first all business flight from Paris to Newark. In 2008 when BA bought the airline and renamed it OpenSkies , BA gained their first routes to the USA from a city outside of the UK. I won’t go into a lot of history of Openskies, because I’ve wrote about their turbulent history before as they’ve gone from an all business airline, to a multi-class airline, to a business class airline, and back to offering 3 classes again.
OpenSkies is a great option for travelers flying between New York and Paris and for the awhile now only BA executive club members could earn miles on the airline’s one route. However, starting December 1st this will all change as the airline is welcomed into the OneWorld family. Not only does this mean new mile earning opportunities, it means all OneWorld Elite benefits will be extended to travelers including priority boarding, lounge access, priority check in, priority security screening, and more when traveling.
Availability on OpenSkies flights to and from EWR are looking fairly good right now for nonstop travel. Availability can be checked via BA.com. The picture below is for January and Febuary and you can see there’s availability in business class just about every day.
Although this will also pull BA flights via London, almost each time I selected a day, I was given the option to select an Openskies flight. Therefore, this means partner bookings should be a breeze come 12/1! Also keep your eyes out for nonstop flights via JFK instead of EWR. Openskies is reentering the JFK market with a daily flight to Orly on March 31.